By JOSH SWARTZLANDER
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
October 25, 2006
Rather, cars are the biggest threat to trick-or-treating children, said Nancy Nord, commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"There are many more injuries on Halloween involving children being hit by cars than from flammable costumes and other things you might think of," Nord said Tuesday. "The other main type of injury you see are from trips and falls."
Four children are struck and killed by cars on an average Halloween in the United States, according to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's four times the fatality rate on an average day.
Children should wear bright clothing, Nord said. Costumes and treat bags should be marked with reflective tape, available in most hardware and sporting-goods stores. Children should avoid baggy pants and billowy skirts to avoid tripping, she added.
The commission also announced the voluntary recall of three Halloween-related Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head products - "Make a Monster Pumpkin," "Make a Fireman Pumpkin" and "Make a Diva Pumpkin." The products have been sold at Target Stores nationwide in September and October. They contain small parts that pose a choking hazard to young children.
Here are more of the commission's trick-or-treating safety tips:
Adults should ...
Costumes and accessories should ...
Trick-or-treatees should ...
Halloween fun facts
Sources: National Confectioners
Association, U.S. Census Bureau, National Retail Federation
Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.shns.com
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